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Hi Folks,

 

Does anyone have any recommendations for some basic software for creating circuit diagrams at all?

Had a quick google and it pulled up a few but they where all fee based. Which isn't a problem but I don't want to pay for something then find its a pile of carp.

 

Cheers

Mav

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What do you want to do with it when you've done? Print it? Create a PCB layout?

I haven't done anything for years but there was a free little online program called crocodile clips which is a simulator for circuits but I can't remember if it can output the circuit. Haven't used it for years. 

I have one somewhere where you create a circuit then it does the diagram and the PCB layout which you can print to etch but I haven't used that for years either, will see if I can find it later.

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I just want to record some circuits I've put together, presently they're sat as rather rough sketches in a notes book.

I've actually used Crocodile clips years ago, i thought it was de-funcked software, but I'll have a look again. 

Yes - its now called Yenka - as its a simulation software, I was more looking for a drawing package I think rather than simulation.

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For Drawing I have used Libre Draw (part of the free Libre Office suite https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/) with  circuit symbols extension (https://extensions.libreoffice.org/extensions/libresymbols) If it does not have the symbol you want you can draw it yourself and then re-use

In the past I have used Visio with similar symbols addons, but moved away from paying for an office suite to a free one that is just as good.

For Simulation I've used Qucs http://qucs.sourceforge.net/  But it can also draw

The main thing is once you have connected line (wires) to symbols when you move the symbols the lines stay connected (this is what happens in Libre Draw/Visio) and then you have to know how to draw electrical diagrams (e.g. lines crossing don't mean they join, you insert a circular node for wire junctions, etc )

 

 

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I used Inkscape for the last one I did - it's a free open source vector drawing package.

There's free circuit/schematic software out there, KiCad gets a lot of support from the hobby crowd.

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Draw.io is pretty nice too, we use it at work for all sorts of diagrams. And I see it has an electrical symbols library built in.

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1 hour ago, elbekko said:

Draw.io is pretty nice too, we use it at work for all sorts of diagrams. And I see it has an electrical symbols library built in.

Very interesting bit of software, I'll be giving this a wee go. - thanks for the other suggestions too, heaps for me to have a look at.

Mav

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I use Eagle from Autocad, the freeware version will cope with most hobbyist requirements, primarily used for PCB design rather than circuit diagrams though.

Fritzing is also worth looking at for circuit diagrams as you can create modules and then connect the pins together, setting the colour of the wire etc... I use that mostly for Arduino projects and it produces easy to follow diagrams. Once you've joined pins together you can move the modules around and it auto routes the "wires" for you.

One of my Fritzing projects...

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